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Reader's Exchange: Help fill goody boxes for displaced kids

Help Dottie Ferguson help children in need. For the past seven years, the Women's Fellowship of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Petersburg has been providing children taken into protective services with decorated shoe boxes filled with necessities (toiletries, hairbrushes, etc.) and goodies (games, toys, cards, notebooks, crayons, etc.). Dottie suggests that many children would like to have a soft toy such as a stuffed animal to cuddle with at night. Perhaps REX readers have some of these items at home that they could donate, or would be willing to visit a dollar store to buy the items that can make such a difference to these children. Also needed is fabric to cover the "special shoe boxes." The Material Aid Ladies and the Pilgrim Quilters make small quilts and other specialty items with donated fabric and thread, so those items are requested as well. To contribute to this ongoing project, call Dottie Ferguson, the shoe box mission chairwoman, at (727) 347-6351. The church is at 6315 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.

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Not so long ago, REX readers donated old refrigerator magnets to Lucie Somers. She wants to thank them, and also wonders if anyone out there has any small curios or ornaments of seashells, flamingos or anything that represents Florida for a Christmas project she's working on. She's after cards for any occasion, as well. She is also looking for any Max and Ruby books by Rosemary Wells. Her grandson is learning to read, and loves Max and Ruby. Any of these items can be dropped off or mailed to 1415 Main St., Lot 219, Dunedin, FL 34698.

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Jean from Clearwater is searching for lids for Corning/Visionware. If any readers can help, she needs P-150-CPC, P43 PC and V-150-PC. Jean can be reached at (727) 585-6296 or

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Clean out your attic and get rid of any unwanted stereo equipment. Joe Fuca is looking for older-model amps, speakers, tuners, record players, etc., the older the better. Call him at (727) 809-2265.

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Susan McGowan is entering her first art show this year, and she needs some supporting items for her display. In particular, she is seeking jewelry display items such as busts and mannequins, an E-Z UP tent and small clip-on halogen lights. She would greatly appreciate anyone who could help her out with those items, as she has already invested quite a bit in her artwork. Contact her at suem@ or (352) 650-6830.

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Evelyn Forbes of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg has a Baby Lock serger up for grabs for anyone who would like it. It is in need of minor repair. Please call her at (727) 894-5483.

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In celebration of the approaching Asian New Year 2009, Sage Chaney is seeking donations of any festive Asian decorations, native Asian dress or costumes and Asian ceramic garden seats. The items will be used at a church fundraiser, and a portion of the proceeds will go to homeless services in St. Petersburg. Call Sage at (727) 536-8897.

Oops: Monitor still available

In the Oct. 25 column, we ran an item about Herman White, who has an 18-inch HP Pavilion monitor, Model V-90, he no longer needs, with an incorrect phone number. You can make the monitor yours by calling Herman at (727) 531-1975.

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Reader's Exchange: Help fill goody boxes for displaced kids 10/31/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 6:00pm]
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